Arousing interests in students for e-learning courses through creative means

There is no dearth of e-learning
courses around the globe. But the question is: are these courses
really enhancing the knowledge of children? While researching on this
subject I came across staggering results. I found that although the
numbers of e-learning courses have increased considerably in recent
past; students are still unable to derive 100% benefit from these
courses. I know 100% benefit is a mere myth and cannot be achieved in
one grasp; but still there has to be a way through which students
retain majority of portion in one go without any outside interface or
pressure from parents. Once that has been done, the real worth of
e-learning courses can be derived.

It is often said that content is the king. This is absolutely true
for good e-learning courses. Although designing an e-learning course
is also an integral part of the big deal; without game-changing
content, it is very difficult to arouse interest in the minds of the
students. Now this is a very big deal, because if you make students
yearn for your course; half of your problem is solved. With so much
competition, the expectations are quite high in terms of quality
content delivery and on top of it; the other criteria is that content
should be in sync with the designs of the website. This is really a
high pressure situation, because you need to be at the top of your game
to succeed at this level.

Tutors also need to be in regular touch with the students so that
they can provide proper guidance to them after specific period for
instance; weekly or fortnightly as per their convenience. This will
enable students to get personalized touch from the tutors. The major
objective of providing personalized touch in e-learning courses is to
make students genuinely interested in the course. They can then ask
relevant questions to the tutors thereby getting additional knowledge
on the subjects.

Although every e-learning course provider
rhetorically knows about these basic ideas they are not able to
transform them into realities. Now this is a big problem; and this
question always remains unanswered: How does one arouse interests in
students through e-learning courses? I know you are jumping off your
seats and are saying every other fellow knows the answer. But is the
answer really that simple? Are we really able to understand the needs
of the students? What are the different factors which make or break the
success of an e-learning course? In this blog; I will
try to answer all these questions and hopefully when I end this blog;
you will have a rough idea of what exactly is required in terms of
creativity to encourage students to study hard for the respective
courses? How can you make a boring subject interesting for the
students?

Now remember that when I talk about students I am talking about
children within age group of 4-15 years. This is the age where children
learn from their surroundings and are able to grasp things quite
easily. This is also the age wherein; the inbuilt creativity in
children can be developed without any force or compulsion. The basic
objective of an e-learning course should be to
encourage the students to use their creativity and get innovative
solutions on their own by solving the problems. Remember that getting a
different solution for a problem every time does not make a child
dumb. It is our perception which makes things right or wrong. Once we
have adapted to the way a child thinks, it will be very easy to design a
course curriculum which will not only impart knowledge; but also
enhance the creativity in children.

I am yet to come across an e-learning course which
takes the point discussed earlier into consideration; while designing
the course curriculum. This is a very sad thing because it also shows
that e-learning course providers are not able to
understand the needs of the children and hence, are failing to create
interests in students. So, the very first point to consider while
arousing interest in students is to THINK LIKE A CHILD;
and design the course curriculum keeping in mind the creativity aspect
of children that can be enhanced through designing innovative course
curriculum.

Thinking like a child is not an easy
thing. You might also question me: what do you mean by creating a
course curriculum presuming yourself as a child? Now this is a very
important question, which needs to answered in detail; because most of
the e-learning course providers miss out on understanding this simple criteria; and end up messing up with their entire course curriculum.

You will not end up with the same fate; as you have already begun
the success journey which will guarantee that your course is quite
different and unique from other e-learning course providers. Remember
when you were a child there were three most important things which
created interests in your minds. Let me list these three things:

Let me explain each of these points in detail with a scenario-based example which will clear the concepts in your mind:

If your answer is yes; then you have found the perfect winning formulae for designing the e-learning course.
In that case you do not have to read further. But if you are still
confused and are asking the same question i.e., How to engage children
in the course curriculum? The answer lies within the problem. Create
the curriculum in such a manner that it seems like fun to the children.
Make it so engaging that they do not wish you get off their study room
till they have completed the specific chapter or the desired
objective. You can do it with interactive videos or pictures that
engage students to the course. You can also create a unique concept
which will give you the first-mover advantage over other e-learning
course providers. The key to the solution is to think creatively and
differently from others. Remember if your course is not different or
unique then it will not survive the tough competition in the market. Be
very proactive research a lot and come up with creative solutions. By
being creative and different you are giving yourself an opportunity to
engage the children to your e-learning course. That should be the ultimate bate to attract parents and children.

Likewise, in the present scenario, games have changed; but with the
help of social networking sites it is always possible to share your
academic scores with your colleagues, so that there is healthy
competition amongst all the children and everyone can give their best
to achieve their academic goals. Thinking out-of-the-box can also be
quite profitable for an e-learning course provider; as
they can cater to an all-together new market. For example; integrating
games with course curriculum can increase the potential of success for
the e-learning courses.

In the end; I would like to conclude this blog by highlighting
couple of things which will give an opportunity to e-learning course
providers to get success with flying colors.

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